People Hated Google Maps' Calorie Estimator For A Very Valid Reason

Google Maps Shows Walking Distance As Calories And People Are Pissed

The feature, which started arriving for some iOS Maps users about a week ago, showed the number of calories someone would burn if they chose to walk a short route.

Some users were especially upset that the app used mini cupcakes to put the burned calories into perspective, framing food as a reward for exercise, or exercise as a prerequisite for food. Taylor Lorenz, politics writer for The Hill and freelance tech reporter over at Mic discovered that there was no way to opt out of or turn off the feature - a troubling issue, as people who could potentially suffer from an eating disorder relapse would essentially be barred from using the app.

Google already announced that they would be pulling back the feature in a statement sent to BuzzFeed News, who explain, "it is removing this feature due to strong user feedback".

The experimental feature, which was rolled out globally, expressed calorie estimates in the form of mini cupcakes, according to a screenshots posted on Twitter.

Every mile walked burns 90 calories for an average person. However, the problem is that nobody has said what an average person should look like.

Critics also noted that preoccupation with calorie tracking is one of the hallmarks of anorexia nervosa, as well as other eating disorders. Caloric burn is a very subjective number based on variety of factors, including age, gender, weight, genetics, and overall activity level. Anyway, Google has removed the controversial feature, but we hope it comes up with an enhanced version of it.

Meanwhile, if you are interested in finding motivation to move more, sleep better, and improve your overall health, be sure to check out our roundup of The Best Fitness Trackers of 2017. "Now you can visit these places-along with many other planets and moons-in Google Maps right from your computer".

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